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Resting on an Unexploded 16-inch Shell

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Using an unexploded 16 inch (406 millimeter) HC Mark 13 1,900 pound (862 kg) battleship naval shell for a resting place, Private First Class Raymond L. Hubert (October 17, 1924 – May 17, 1988) of Detroit, Michigan, attached to the Second Marine Division, Eighth Marine Regiment, shakes sand from his boondockers. Eighth Marines succeeded in reaching the sea in the vicinity of Tanapag Harbor at 1300 Hours on July 4. The regiment went into reserve the next day. A Browning Automatic Rifleman (“BAR Man“), Hubert was washing his feet in the surf when Staff Sergeant Andrew B. Knight (November 8, 1916 – March 25, 1959) of Washington, District of Columbia, asked Marines to pose for photos. Knight was a former Washington Post photographer. Hubert was putting his shoes on when the photo was taken; Knight asked him to “do something“ so he sat on the dud shell. Hubert sat on the shell knowing full well it was armed and could explode any time. A buddy handed Hubert his M1 Garand rifle for the photo. This photo was circulated nationally during late July – early August 1944, appearing in the Washington Post, Bakersfield Californian and other newspapers. Hubert was a tool and die maker for the auto industry after the war. Knight, whose first wife was popular Big Band singer Evelyn Knight, returned to photography at the Washington Post and died of an esophageal hemorrhage at age 42 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This photo later was the basis for a mural at Camp Pendleton.
Image Filename wwii1033.jpg
Image Size 1.93 MB
Image Dimensions 2900 x 2319
Photographer Knight, Andrew B.
Photographer Title Staff Sargeant
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed July 04, 1944
City Tanapag
State or Province Saipan
Country Marianas
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number NWDNS-127-N-85221
Status Caption ©2010, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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